Shane Watson posts an emotional video after taking retirement from all forms of cricket
The former all-rounder featured in 11 games for the Super Kings this year, scoring 299 runs including two half-centuries.
Updated - Nov 3, 2020 4:50 pm
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson had announced his retirement from franchise cricket at the end of Chennai Super Kings’ journey in the ongoing IPL 2020. Watson had already retired from international cricket in 2016 and now hanged his boots in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) and all forms of cricket. Owing to his poor form, Watson was in and out of CSK team in IPL 2020. He had played his last game for the Yellow Army against Kolkata Knight Riders on October 29.
The 39-year-old had officially announced the big news on his official Twitter handle. Watson tweeted, “This closing chapter is going to be so hard to top, but I am going to try. I truly am forever grateful to have lived this amazing dream. Now onto the next exciting one…#thankyou”.
This closing chapter is going to be so hard to top, but I am going to try.
I truly am forever grateful to have lived this amazing dream.
Now onto the next exciting one…#thankyou https://t.co/Og8aiBcWpE
— Shane Watson (@ShaneRWatson33) November 3, 2020
I feel so ridiculously fortunate: Shane Watson
The CSK all-rounder also revealed the news of his retirement by uploading an emotional video on his YouTube channel. In the clip, Watson reflected on his cricket journey in both the international circuit and domestic leagues. The veteran also thanked various people including his sister, parents, coaches, mentors and teammates who made him what he is today.
“The first people I want to thank is my mum and dad, who did everything they could to make me realize my dream. My mum and dad sacrificed so much,” he said in the video.
In the short clip, Watson also labelled himself as fortunate for having played the game of cricket till the age of 39 despite suffering from various injuries.
“To think that I am finishing up my playing days as a 39-years-old after all of the injury setbacks that I had along the way, I feel so ridiculously fortunate.” Shane concluded.
The former all-rounder featured in 11 games for the Super Kings this year, scoring 299 runs including two half-centuries. He had also played a vital cog in Chennai’s victory in the 2018 edition by smashing a scintillating 57-ball 117 in the final against Sunrisers Hyderabad. In his IPL career of 13 years, Watson represented Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) before being picked by CSK in 2018. In 145 IPL games, the veteran has 3874 runs under his belt including 92 wickets.